4th June 2020

Letters and cards to colour in are helping Alzheimer's Support day club members to stay connected during lockdown.

The charity's three day clubs have been closed since the middle of March, and staff have been keeping in close contact with members by telephone. 

Jill Mitchener, manager of the Mill Street Club in Trowbridge, wanted to do more so she ordered and sent out a card to colour in to every member of her club - and was delighted with the response.

Jill said: "I was really touched by the responses. People said they were so pleased someone was thinking of them and that they kept returning to look at them. A lot of people have coloured them in and sent them back and you can tell the care and concentration that has gone in to them.

A good way to keep connected

"It has been so hard for everyone involved in the clubs to cope with lockdown and members, staff and our volunteers have been feeling such a sense of loss. We know how hard it is at home for the members and their families so it it good that we have this way to cheer people up and keep connected."

The other clubs are also sending cards to keep in touch. Gladys, a member at our Sidmouth Street Club in Devizes said: "Thank you. I'm not going to forget you and and looking forward to coming back to the club." 

Volunteers too are keeping in touch. Lara, a student at Dauntsey's School, wrote to every member she had got to know while volunteering at Sidmouth Street club in Devizes. 

Member Tony was so moved he wanted to send tell everyone how much the letter had meant to him - and recorded this video to thank her. 

Alzheimer's Support's day clubs